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2019 polls doomed without Card Reader

THE serial attempts to amend the Electoral Act in readiness for the 2019 general elections have turned out as the messiest such effort since our return to democracy in 1999. The Electoral Act (Amendment Bill), which the National Assembly Joint Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has just reworked, for the record fourth time, is the enabling legal instrument for the conduct of the 2019 general elections.

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The complicity of INEC

The phrase,‘ineffectual buffoon’, may have been inappropriately used by the London-based The Economist, to describe former President Goodluck Jonathan. However, with last week’s judgments by the Supreme Court of Nigeria, which dealt the final blow on the card reader and awarded governorship victories to some politicians, the phrase would have, perhaps, been better applied to the individuals who went before election tribunals to say something to the effect that the card reader and INEC approved guidelines and regulation for the conduct of 2015 general elections and manual for election official are mere instruction/directives…. they do not have the force of the Electoral Act 2010(as amended) and so non-compliance will not invalidate elections………).

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